The National Catholic Review

February 21, 2005

Vol. 192 No. 6Whole No. 4681

Editorials

The State of Our Union

As expected, President George W. Bush used his State of the Union address to praise the successful election in Iraq and argue for his private investment model of Social Security reform. The Iraqi election certainly merits great attention.

Trust Not in Princes

"Put not your trust in princes," the Psalmist advises. Friendly Israeli civil servants have given similar advice to Catholics dealing with today’s Israeli politicians. Given the recent history of relations between the church and the Israeli government, it is a counsel born of hard experience.

Articles

The Plight of Iraqi Christians
Sheila Provencher

An Interview With an Iraqi Friar

Books and Culture

Books
Savagery in South Midland
James T. Keane

Upon John Gregory Dunne’s death of a heart attack in December 2003, the many obituaries and eulogies for this famous man of letters stres

Books
One Year, Three Passions
Robert P. Imbelli

One finds in theological circles frequent appeal to the “sacramental imagination” as a distinguishing trait of Catholicism.

Books
A Prince of the Commentariat
Peter Heinegg

The ultra right may have the loudest talking heads these days (Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Hannity, etc.), but the left has cornered the market o

Columns and Departments

The Word
Are You Thirsty?

Dianne Bergant

Faith in Focus
A Dangerous Common Enemy

Emil A. Wcela

Faith in Focus
Looking Into the Heart

Peter A. Clark

Columns
The End of a Miracle

Terry Golway

Poem
The Swordsmen

Joel Brouwer

Letters
Letters